Krystle Penders

Project title
The detection of personality disorders in community-dwelling elderly

Prof. dr. J. Metsemakers
Prof. dr. S. van Alphen
Dr. I. Duimel-Peeters

In contrast to former beliefs, personality disorders (PDs) are common in the elderly, with prevalence rates up to 13% in community-dwelling elderly. The presence of these disorders is reason for clinical concern for they are highly disabling for both the patient and his environment. However, these disorders often remain unrecognized in general practice, which may be due to the lack of age appropriate and psychometrically sound screening instruments

The objective of this study is to examine the diagnostic accuracy and practical usability of the Gerontological Personality Disorder Scale (GPS), a brief screening instrument addressing personality disorders,  in community-dwelling elderly in general practice.